The State-of-the-Art Overview to Application of Deep Learning in Accurate Protein Design and Structure Prediction

Top Curr Chem (Cham). 2024 Jul 4;382(3):23. doi: 10.1007/s41061-024-00469-6.


In recent years, there has been a notable increase in the scientific community's interest in rational protein design. The prospect of designing an amino acid sequence that can reliably fold into a desired three-dimensional structure and exhibit the intended function is captivating. However, a major challenge in this endeavor lies in accurately predicting the resulting protein structure. The exponential growth of protein databases has fueled the advancement of the field, while newly developed algorithms have pushed the boundaries of what was previously achievable in structure prediction. In particular, using deep learning methods instead of brute force approaches has emerged as a faster and more accurate strategy. These deep-learning techniques leverage the vast amount of data available in protein databases to extract meaningful patterns and predict protein structures with improved precision. In this article, we explore the recent developments in the field of protein structure prediction. We delve into the newly developed methods that leverage deep learning approaches, highlighting their significance and potential for advancing our understanding of protein design.

Keywords: Deep learning; Protein engineering; Protein structure prediction; Rational design.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Databases, Protein
  • Deep Learning*
  • Protein Conformation*
  • Proteins* / chemistry
  • Proteins* / metabolism


  • Proteins